Roderick and Ria Hackland, together with two huge sleepy Great Danes and a talkative Siamese cat welcome you with authentic South African hospitality and just the right amount of attention you require.

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Vintage Victorian, Modern Comforts

Relax in one of our exquisitely decorated rooms while sipping your favourite red wine or bubbly, listening to the sound of nature on your doorstep
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Perch with us for a while

Make sure you include Royston Hall on your KZN South Coast Birding Tour.

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Nature all around you

The House is set on her own small Nature Reserve nestled in tall indigenous coastal forest adjacent to the mighty Umzimkulu River
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Allow us to be your hosts

From conferences to celebrations, corporate events to tea parties, Royston Hall would be honoured to host your next function
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Beautiful Interiors

Victorian comfort will make you feel at home
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Close to the Sea

Close to Umtentweni’s breathtaking swimming beach
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Vintage | Bed & Breakfast | Guest House | Honeymoon Suite

Create a memory by staying over in one of our beautiful honeymoon suites after your perfect coastal wedding. On your special night, the Bridal Couple has the option to sleep in their choice of the Antique King Size bedroom set in front of the beautiful fireplace which will be lit at your request to create the most romantic atmosphere to remember for ever. Or in the antique Queen size bedroom with a private deck to the valley. Or  in the main house’s huge 4 Poster bed overlooking the valley from the treetops. Or in the original Main Suite with a balcony and river views. (There is a twin bedroom suite available too with inland and river views.)

  • Enjoy Champagne Breakfast in bed or in front of the fire.
  • Breakfast can be served overlooking the valley.
  • A Breakfast basket for you to take into the forest is another option.
  • You may want to relax in the pool and be served a leisurely breakfast on the Victorian veranda with a birds’ eye view over the Umzimkulu River accompanied by the cry of the Fish Eagles. Many species of  birds might join you for their own breakfast by feeding in the Fig Trees around the swimming pool.

couple1Alice and the looking glass

This is not “Plastic Fantastic”, but food for the soul. If you want to find yourself and your partner again, there are very few places like this left anymore to do that in this hurly burly world of ours, but this is the place where they are waiting for you. Jeremy A, Durban

Accommodation Options and Rates

Room 1

King Size Victorian Brass bed

Spacious Shower Room en-suite with fireplace, TV, Coffee Station and Bar Fridge. Weekends and Season – R750.00 pppn sharing Mid Week out of Season – R700.00 pppn sharing

Room 2

Queen Size Victorian brass bed

Shower room en-suite with Coffee Station / Bar Fridge, TV & wooden forest deck. Weekends and Season B&B – R750.00 pppn sharing Mid Week out of Season – R600.00 pppn sharing

Room 3

Tall Four Poster bed

Shower room en-suite with Coffee Station / Bar Fridge and TV. Weekends and Season B&B – R750.00 pppn sharing Mid Week out of Season – R600.00 pppn sharing

Room 4

Vintage Twin beds

Shower Room en – suite. Coffee Station / Bar Fridge & TV. Weekends and Season B&B – R750.00 pppn sharing Mid Week out of Season – R600.00 pppn sharing

NB: Rooms 3 and 4 are upstairs in the main house, have breathtaking views from the tall Victorian sash windows and have the option of either a privately allocated shower Room or Bathroom for the respective bedrooms exclusive use.  They both lead off a private TV lounge. 50% Single Supplement applicable We regret, children under 12 are not catered for.

A hidden world amongst the forest

couple2Nestled amongst indigenous forest overlooking the Umtentweni river Royston Hall is a hidden jewel. The rooms are elegant, refurbished with a real intent to preserve the grand colonial splendour of the house. The welcome is warm, the beds are comfortable and the birdlife and scenery is immense. I only wish I could have stayed longer to explore the nature reserve! Nick D, London

A relaxing getaway just out of Durban

neo-tSo last weekend we took a “short-left” to the peaceful surrounds of the Umtentweni river and stayed at the historical Royston Hall. We were welcomed by the two, my girlfriend calls them “horse-dogs”, of the biggest Dalmation dogs we’ve ever seen and the very friendly Ria. The meals were superb throughout our stay, with supper served with a lovely bottle of wine. Read more… Neo T, Durban

Glorious, Glorious Royston Hall!

avatarAs we drove down towards Royston Hall in a natural forest we knew something special lurked in these woods. And we were right! When we arrived at Royston Hall Guest House we were charmed by the grace and class of this most impressive Victorian Home. It felt like we had gone back in time and had entered the age of Kings and Queens. Read more… Magasman, Johannesburg


Abundant Bird Life | Beautiful Surroundings | On your doorstep

Perch for a while at Royston Hall Guest House on your KZN South Coast Birding Tour. Here you will feel as if they’ve landed in the warm nest home-from-home. Only 4 exclusive double suites are available for up to 8 guests + 1 single room for a tour operator. They will cater for your memorable birding experience according to your preference. Various excursions arranged from our Conservancy are on offer. Contact us for an exclusive tailor made Itinerary suited to the time of year. bird-life-loboMigrate down South during a season of your choice and enjoy real South African hospitality at this 117 year old Victorian Manor house which offers excellent bird watching from every window and veranda. The Royston Hall Bird List sports 207 species.

Crowned Hornbill

Spend time with the birds

Meander down any of our Nature Trails and spend tranquil time observing the riot of bird life on our small private nature reserve nestled in tall coast forest. It has been said that spending time at RH is like being inside an Aviary with no fences! Registered Local Bird Guides are on call to accompany you by request, on any of the outings you wish to request ie:

  • Short meanders on Royston Hall Nature Reserve to observe the forest birds, or sit by our Dam or next to the Umzimkulu river and watch the bird activity on the water.
  • A walk via two train tunnels or along the river to the Port Shepstone County Club where a Bird Hide overlooks the wetland with and abundance of waterfowl is presently under construction.
  • Continue to the Whale Watching Platform overlooking the Indian Ocean and see thousands of Pelagic birds plummeting into the surf during the internationally famous Sardine Run at winter time.
  • River cruises by Barge at sunset. Catering is optional – a picnic basket with snacks and Sundowners or something more substantial is your option.
  • Open water ocean excursions to view Pelagic birds – departing from RH.
  • Barn Swallow Migration – watch them swarm in their millions and settle to perch in the reeded banks of nearby Estuaries.
  • Trips to the Vulture Feeding Restaurant at Oribi Gorge which may include a drive through Lake Eland Game Reserve which has a wide diversity of birds and grazing animals – only 30 minutes’ drive from Royston Hall.

These outings are all available to walk or self-drive, by yourself or accompanied by your own Tour Operator.


Celebration | Events & Functions | Effortless | Quality

Consider Royston Hall Guesthouse as a new venue for your next conference or function! The options are many, varied and flexible. If you can imagine it, we can create it! Even if you have difficulty on the imaginative front: We can do it for you. This is an Intimate Venue and in order to maintain the exclusivity we accommodate a maximum of 40 seated guests.  We offer the following options:

Intimate Weddings

Enjoy exclusive access to Royston Hall for your big day. From start to finish, we at Royston Hall will be there to ensure that your every need is met and that your special day goes off without a hitch. Get ready in our exquisite accommodation suites, enjoy an intimate ceremony and celebration for up to 40 guests and end the night in our gorgeous bridal suite.

Executive Conferencing

Our Victorian ‘Upper Room’ is fully air conditioned and in winter we do light the open fire for you.

Areas for break-away discussions are available.

Meals and refreshments are presented according to your preference.


We recommend our setting as perfect for ‘land-mark’ Birthday and Anniversary Victorian Breakfasts, Luncheons or Dinners. Champagne Bridal Showers or Hen’s Parties. Book Club meetings for the Ladies in a novel setting. Weddings and Receptions and later on: Christening Teas or Lunches! Victorian High Tea is very popular with the Ladies. Victorian, because of the House, not because it is currently in Vogue! Royston Hall Guesthouse transports the guests to an era long forgotten, where loose leaf tea is served from silver tea pots and exquisite treats are served on beribboned three-tier cake stands decorated with fresh roses. Conservancy Nature Trails

ashley-mScripture Union Educators’ Forum

The Delegates, thoroughly enjoyed the service at the Royston Hall. Catering, the food and stunning location was the buzz in our feedback received. Thank You Ria and the Royston Team. The service standard was by far nothing short of excellent. Ashley M, Shelly Beach

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B&B Guest House | Private Nature Reserve | Intimate Function Venue


Totally awesome, out of this world experience. Great hospitality and wonderful attention to detail in every aspect from the decor to our general well being as guests. The meals were deliciously scrumptious. We found the history of the home most Intriguing.. It was an all round delightful place to visit Kim Beeton

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Royston Hall is accessed via a narrow unpretentious suburban lane in Umtentweni by the same name. Descending down the winding drive through tall forest, a sense of excitement grips the new visitor to Royston Hall and one just has the premonition that a pleasant surprise lies at the desitnation. And the guests are never disappointed. Ria and Roderick Hackland welcome you most warmly to their Victorian home as discerning guests who will appreciate the elegant simplicity of the finer lifestyle of yesteryear and Nature at it’s best. This beautiful Historical Manor House (circa 1897) with her rich history has certainly been the best kept secret destination on the Lower South Coast – but not for long! Time has stood still here for more than a Century.  The House is set on her own small Private Nature Reserve nestled in tall indigenous coastal forest adjacent to the mighty Umzimkulu River. It has a view of the Indian Ocean in the distance and the swimming beach is 2.3km from here.  Royston Hall is a stately old Victorian Lady from a bygone era lovingly restored exceeding her former glory. We offer only five beautifully appointed double suites in order to guarantee your privacy at a maximum of ten guests at any given time. We suggest you come without the little ones – this is your special time for rejuvenation of body, mind and relationships. Come and spend a night in transit to the Eastern Cape or however long it takes for you to revitalise yourself  in this tranquil setting. Reserve one of our elegant Honeymoon Suites in which loving memories are created for life. Consider your next Private Dinner Party in the formal dining room or your intimate outdoor Wedding  on the Victorian Veranda. Nature Trails along the river bank lead to the whale Deck overlooking the beach. Our tall forest is home to a riot of birds. Botanically the two valleys continue to reveal rare and exotic plants previously unknown to grow wild here. All the well known South Coast amenities are within close proximity as the N2 access is right nearby. This includes 10 World Class golf courses, deep sea diving and fishing, Malls and movies and Lake Eland Game Reserve. Do come for a break. Our guests always return.

The History of Royston Hall

Captivating | Thrilling | Factual

A Colourful Past

The History of Royston Hall is a rich and colourful one that includes, love, honour, war and even murder. Click on the link below to view the full history of this wonderful landmark and the people who have called it home
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News & Events

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Our Natural Wonder

Royston Hall is situated in a lush Nature Reserve in Umtentweni, these are some of the animals that make this beautiful Reserve their home.Please click on the images to enlarge them. Genet feeding on the back lawnMonkey mother and babyWe are part of the Umtentweni...

AA Quality Assured Accommodation – Highly Recommended.

AA Quality Assured (AAQA) Accommodation Recommended, Highly Recommended and Superior establishments are visited and assessed by highly trained assessors. As an associate member we have been endorsed on the strength of the membership of the National Star Grading System...
We love hosting our wonderful guests and exploring our beautiful grounds. Read all about what happens at Royston Hall in our News and Events articles
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Contact Details

Tel:039 695 0083
Fax:086 664 4456
Email:info@roystonhall.co.za or reservations@roystonhall.co.za
Address:Royston Lane, Umtentweni
Postal:PO Box 1141, Umtentweni, 4235
GPS Co-ordinatesLatitude 30°42’43.71”S and Longtitude 30°26’52,59”E

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Ria with her two wonderful dogs